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Nat Geo Studios’ Brian Lovett boards Original Productions

FremantleMedia-owned Original Productions has fortified its topline structure with the appointment of former National Geographic Studios executive Brian Lovett. Lovett joins the Burbank, California-based studio as EVP of production and development, ...
August 29, 2018

FremantleMedia-owned Original Productions has fortified its topline structure with the appointment of former National Geographic Studios executive Brian Lovett.

Lovett joins the Burbank, California-based studio as EVP of production and development, reporting into company president Jeff Hasler. Hasler was appointed to the post in May following a near four-year career at National Geographic Studios.

Lovett boards Original Productions from National Geographic Studios where he most recently served as VP of production and development. During his four-year tenure at Nat Geo’s production arm, Lovett oversaw all facets of production surrounding the studios’ robust slate of series and specials.

With more than 20 years of experience in creating, producing and directing renowned unscripted programming, Lovett’s portfolio of recent credits includes Nat Geo’s longest-running docuseries Explorer, global event series Chain of Command, long-form documentary Breaking 2, and the four-time Emmy nominated StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The hiring marks a homecoming for Lovett, who returns to Original after having previously held prominent roles on several of the company’s highly acclaimed programs. He was part of the original team to create Deadliest Catch, served as series producer on Monster Garage and was showrunner for Lobster Wars.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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